“Today’s proposal represents the most significant attempt to remove protections for America’s streams and wetlands since the Clean Water Act passed in 1972."
WASHINGTON (February 14, 2019)—A new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency would remove critical protections for many of the nation's streams and wetlands. The National Wildlife Federation urged the EPA to rethink its proposed rule following its publication today in the Federal Register and formal start of its 60-day public comment period.
Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, issued the following statement:
“Today’s proposal represents the most significant attempt to remove protections for America’s streams and wetlands since the Clean Water Act passed in 1972. This proposal eliminates Clean Water Act protections for at least half of the nation’s wetlands and millions of miles of streams. This change would cause catastrophic impacts to America’s wildlife over time.
“At a time when communities across the country are facing drinking water and flooding crises exacerbated by climate change, we call upon the EPA to rescind this misguided proposal that would make it easier to damage our streams and wetlands, destroy fish and wildlife habitat, threaten our communities with increased flooding, and pollute our drinking water.”
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